I didn't make mermaids for May/June (like I thought I was going to). So I've pushed them back to July.
BUT. . .I did get May/June done.
Bacon and eggs!
That's one big breakfast right there.
We need some portion control! (sing that to the tune of Prince's "Pussy Control". ..aaah, portion con-trol!)
Cute little sets!
Or, if you're watching the waistline, a small breakfast?
Though who really eats only ONE strip of bacon? I guess if it was as big as this bacon one would be plenty. (bacon is roughly 12 inches long or so)
Both bacon and eggs are original patterns. Super simple, too.
The eggs are just a circle (used a drinking glass to get a good circle) cut from yellow fleece. Add a face (eyes are felt, mouth is embroidery). Using the circle as a guide, free hand draw the egg white portion onto the back of the white fleece and cut out leaving a seam allowance around the drawn line. Sew the yellow circle to the cut out white part (lightly stuffing as you go). Then sew the cut white part down to another piece of fleece (right sides together). Trim and turn the whole egg right side out. Then top stitch the around the yellow circle and hand stitch the opening closed.
The bacon I had to make a template for (after I made one free hand and the fat stripes didn't line up like I wanted them too--but it still looked good but not how I wanted it to look). From cardboard I cut a wavy line. Then I used the cut off bit to make the same wave on the other side of the bacon. Then I used the cut bit of cardboard to make a fat template (so the wave on the fat would match the wave on the meat). Cut out two meat (red) and four fat (white) paying attention that you're cutting mirror images (so the waves line up properly). Top stitch two fat stripes to each meat piece. I did one side completely and then the other (so I could make sure the fats would line up as best I could). When spacing the fats, make sure you don't put them too close to the edge of the meat (don't want the fats getting caught in the seam). Pin a lot so the fats don't shift on you as you top stitch. Cut out two felt eyes and sew them to one of the two meat/fat pieces (I just pick the nicest of the pair), making sure the eyes won't get caught in the side seams. Add the mouth. Put a face side and a blank side together (right sides together) and sew leaving an opening to turn (I left the opening at either the top or bottom between the fat lines). Trim and turn right side out (making sure to roll the seams really well to get them as flat as possible so the wave shows). Pin along the fats so they line up as best as possible then top stitch down both sides of each fat wave. There will be a lot of bulk at the ends, so you can stop before the thick seam bulk if you want. Hand stitch the opening shut.
Fleece works GREAT for these. Felt would be a bit too rough and stiff. Fleece is also good price wise. You can find decent pieces in the remnant bin but even if you have to buy it it's not expensive. Felt (I like wool blend) would get pricey. I'm sure fleece has a right and wrong side but for these I like having the fuzzier side of the fleece as the "right" side. That light fuzziness adds to the cuteness a LOT.
The eggs are super fast to make. The bacon takes a bit more time (to get the fats all lined up nicely) but they're not time consuming either.
I had a first making these, too. I broke a needle. Scared the crap out of me but didn't cause any issues (just turned my machine upside down and shook the piece out).
I'd love to make more kawaii food for the Fluff Project. My sister says, "TOAST!". That would be cute (with a little pat of butter on it that has the wee face!). But toast would involve so odd sewing (sewing "walls" where you have to attach a long strip to a flat piece) which I'm not keen on fussing with right now.
I'll mail these out before I go on vacation and then I can get down to making the mermaids I said I'd make!